- Fork-tailed Flycatcher
name = Fork-tailed Flycatcher
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
image_width = 200px
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Passeriformes
familia = Tyrannidae
genus = "Tyrannus"
species = "T. savana"
binomial = "Tyrannus savana"
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher, "Tyrannus savana", is a
passerinebird of tyrant flycatcherfamily which includes the kingbirds.
Description and ecology
This bird occurs in a wide variety of habitats including pastures, riparian forests, and open residential areas with scattered trees. Its breeding range is from central
Mexicoto central Argentina. In most of this range it is usually found year-round, but in the southern parts of its range it retreats northward for the winter. This species is also known to wander widely. It occurs almost annually in the United Statesand Canada.
This flycatcher builds a shallow cup nest 1–10 m high in a shrub or short tree. Females normally lay 2 or 3 eggs.
The Fork-Tailed Flycatcher is dark gray on top and white below. Males sometimes show a yellow crown stripe atop their black cap. Males also have an extremely long forked tail, even longer than that of their cousin, the
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Juveniles and females have shorter tails. Males are 37–41 cm in length; females, 28–30 cm, including tail. Birds weigh 28–32 g.
This species is primarily an
insectivore, but will switch to berries and small fruits during winter if insects become scarce.
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=5153 Fork-tailed Flycatcher videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [http://www.bird-stamps.org/cspecies/11640300.htm Stamps] (for
Argentina, Brazil, Falkland Islands, Grenada, "Grenadines of Grenada", Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay) with RangeMap-the Americas
* [http://vireo.acnatsci.org/search.html?VIREO_SESSION_ID=97d00126de3fb7a85cc93a790eff01ab&Form=Search&SEARCHBY=Common&KEYWORDS=fork-tailed+flycatcher&showwhat=images&AGE=All&SEX=All&ACT=All&Search=Search&VIEW=All&ORIENTATION=All&RESULTS=24 Fork-tailed Flycatcher photo gallery] VIREO
* [http://chandra.as.utexas.edu/~kormendy/brazilss/ForkTailedFlycatcher-2184ss.jpgPhoto] ; [http://chandra.as.utexas.edu/~kormendy/brazilbirds.html Article] chandra.as.utexas.edu
* [http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/~dmark/fork4.jpgPhoto-Medium Res] ; [http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/~dmark/lifers.html Article] geog.buffalo.edu
* [http://www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/photos/tyrsav3115.jpgPhoto-High Res] ; [http://www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/fork-tailedflycatcher.html Article] arthurgrosset [http://www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/photos/tyrsav3116.jpgPhoto-2]
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